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Striped Bass Pale Ale | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Striped Bass Pale AleStriped Bass Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

Photo of 7ate9
1.72/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Nice, pale gold with head that falls to film fast but what is left leaves nice lacing.
Very low aroma
what is there is not all pleasing. Slight herbal qualities. Mostly grainy, wet husky, old grain. Wet dog. Not very good.
Taste is equally low. Grassy hops are the primary flavor. Finish is wet grain and wet dog. Bitterness is out of balance.
Like all of their beers I've tried, this has a very spritzy, soda-like feel.
This is bland, unbalanced, has no hop aroma nor flavor, and smells a whole lot like wet dog. Avoid

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Photo of mattsdenney
1.96/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber brought down by my sis in law.

A: pours a light gold, clear and transparent. Thick bubbly head with good lacing.

S: smells of light grains, corn, hints of strawberries. No hop scent to speak of.

T: light flavors of grassy hops, adjunct grains, white bread, and light malt. No aftertaste whatsoever. Very mild flavoring, underwhelming.

M: smooth, slick, and light bodied. Pretty refreshing.

O: nothing mind blowing here, pretty average and bland all around.

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Photo of Dcunicelli
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of IrishColonial
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of jtyson
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
2.77/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tlazaroff
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grain is the only aroma I get. It smells like grain cereal (cheerios, grape nuts), and it's appealing to me whatsoever.

Perfectly straw yellow with a clarity to match. Crisp white head that sticks it's lacing to the glass. It is a great looking beer.

Flavor is a bit better than the aroma- there is still grain, but it also has a light kind of herbal quality to it. It's well balanced against the bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly with moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking though, and refreshing. I wouldn't buy it again, but if it was bought for me I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of bft1
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one few times. Brewery is nearby here in Va. Light, crisp touch of pine resin flavor. No head, bubbly. Overall better than the awful DB lager, which seems to be everywhere around here some unknown reason. Nothing special but I'd certainly not turn one down if offered.

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2.88/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of billab914
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's backbone glass. Bright golden color with a thin white head barely covering the top. Very clear and clean looking, but the head faded rather quickly.

The aroma shows a mix of wet grains and toasted malts. It's got a good amount of crisp and tart fruits to it with notes of both apple and grape coming out. It's light, crisp and somewhat tart. It feels a lot more like a light lager than a Pale Ale though unfortunately.

The taste shows a little more of the toasted malts to it. Again, the crisp and tart fruits play a big role in it throughout. I'm getting a little bit of a herbal, peppery hop presence, but it's reminding me more of an European style lager rather than an APA.

The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall, I wasn't very impressed with this beer. It tasted more like an little heavier and bolder light lager than an APA to me. It just didn't compare very well to most other APA's on the shelves in my opinion and it felt too big and heavy to compete with the light lager beers I thought it was more similar to. The hop profile particularly seemed very off for my preference in the style. I love DB's beers, this one however just didn't work for me at all.

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Photo of cjgiant
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap- quick thoughts, not likely to be re-reviewed:
Pours a nice golden color with a lovely white head that is fluffy and provides nice lacing. Too bad it's the highlight.
Nose is grass and metallic. Taste is similar, with a light astringency added. For me, not very appetizing.
Light to medium body, nice carbonation, dry bitter tug near end.
Beer reminded me of a macro import lager too much. Might be a nice first step beer for some, but not a winner in my book.

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2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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Striped Bass Pale Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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